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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %CREATIVE IMAGINATION WITHOUT GUILT 871109 In a conformal society people learn to do only what is expected of them. They learn that it is wrong to do what is not expected of you, and to feel guilty for doing what is not expected of you. Guilt is self rejection for failing to conform. People in a conformal society learn to reject themselves for doing what was not expected of them. In a conformal society the only grounds for personal acceptance is conformity. Conformity presupposes expectations, and in the absence of expectations conformity is not possible. Creativity and imagination lead to non-conformal experiences, and in a conformal society they lead to rejection, self rejection and so to guilt. Guilt is personally and communally disintegrative. Guilt does not lead to either personally or communally integrative processes. Guilt as a disintegrative experience is evil and does not serve integrative purposes. Guilt undermines creativity and imagination which are essential to dealing with new situations which may threaten the integrity of a community and its members. Disintegrating communities need to find ways to transcend their conformal values and ideals. Disintegrating communities are often addicted to ideals, values, attitudes, expectations, self-conceptions, etc. which lead to both personal and communal disintegration. The persistent refusal to honestly deal with that possibility is sure to lead to total disintegration and death. A decision to honestly deal with that possibility offers real hope for recovery from addictive behavior patterns. The decision can shift attention to future possibilities in the light of past experiences, and away from preoccupations with assigning blame past failures to fulfill possibilities. The decision can open up the possibilities of forgiveness and reconciliation, and end the threats of resentment and revenge. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================